If the name sounds familiar, it is. Blue Point Oyster Bar and Bistro has opened in Blue Point, in a space that had been Blue Point Bistro and Grill since 2012, and before that, Bluepoint Bar and Grill.
The new restaurant comes from owners Kevin Kessler and Gina Windisch Kessler, who built their reputation running Backstreet Burgers food truck for the past few years, which alternates between daytime service on the campus at Stony Brook University and weekend service outside Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue.
Their new restaurant goes beyond burgers. “We saw a need for a neighborhood place that’s not too expensive and not too loud,” said Kessler, who cited the rise of loud gastropubs as less than ideal for an intimate dinner.
They’ve put together a dressed-up menu with head chef Sue Callanan that includes local clams and oysters as well as Kumamotos ($1.25 to $2.50 each). Under appetizers, look for baked clams and oysters Rockefeller-style, mussels and crabcakes ($10 to $13). Seafood stew, chicken breast with tomatoes and corn salsa, potato-crusted salmon and a 12-ounce sirloin round out the entrees ($18 to $32). Six bottles of white wine and four reds are listed for less than $30, with many cherry-picked from among Wine Spectator’s 85-90 rankings.
The updates to the building have been primarily cosmetic, with the exception of the expanded bar. Decor hovers over the town’s history, with paintings and photos from town historian Gene Horton and photographer Pat DeLuca.
Blue Point Oyster Bar and Bistro is open 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
154 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point; 631-363-6000, bluepointoysterbar.com